THEME: Architecture in Transformation
TOPIC: Unexpected City

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THEME: Architecture in Transformation
TOPIC: Unexpected City
JURY CHAIRMAN: Daniel Libeskind
JURYING DATE: September 20, 2014




Architecture in Transformation should make responses to current situation and era. What concerns us is the relationship between architecture and city,and the relationship between architecture and natural environment. The competition aims at searching and constructing human space with a sense of place in increasingly-fragmented cities or unordered villages,exploring environment-friendly and sustainable ideas in the information age, and integrating creative design concepts with solid basic skills effectively in architectural education. The competition requires the participants to make detailed examinations and reflections on architectural history, exploring complicated requirements to architecture and environment by current users, pay attention to events in specific sites, and configure viable urban and architectural spaces.




2014 marks the third edition of UIA-HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architectural Design. As the exclusive annual international student competition in Mainland China sponsored by UIA (Union International des Architectes), HYP Cup competition has provided a platform for architectural schools and students from different countries to exchange ideas on current architecture issues in relation to environment, specific sites, and urban spaces. With its challenging topics, professional committee and jury as well as thorough organizing, HYP Cup competition has attracted students from all different countries to actively participate, and become one of the largest and most professional student competitions. Its influence and outreach has rised significantly throughout the globe.




Unexpected City:
The Unexpected City is a city of wonder, a city where imagination, creativity, and the new have boldly surpassed what has been. The Unexpected City is a city which will find a new relationship between ancient tradition, modernity, and technology. It will offer a new perspective in space of living, nature, and respect for everyone with concrete architectural and urban projects. After all, home is not 'where the heart is' but where the house and neighborhood reside. I expect high level intellectual ambition, artistic originality, and freedom of thought to bear on those who build the world and on those who take this course.




1.Participants can draw up the project proposal themselves and there is no limitation on architectural types.
2. Participants can choose sites themselves. The site should be challenging.
3. Language and Measurement Unit: English is the official language of the competition.
(Note: The title, school name, name of participants, and introduction of design must be described in English at least); the unit of measurement is metric scale.




This is a fair competition for which both Chinese and international college students can sign up. Full-time on-campus students (including graduate students and Ph.D Candidates) can participate alone or as a team with team members of no more than 4 people and advisors of no more than 2.
1.Log on, click "Online Registration" to fill-in the registration form and submit online. Please keep the only serial number well.
2.The registration deadline is June 30, 2014, and it is free to register.
3.All digital works (including drawings and related documents) must be submitted before August 31, 2014. The committee does not accept any printed works. All entries will be printed and exhibited in September, 2014.
4.The jury will have meetings and decide the winners.
5.The committee will announce the winners in September 2014. In December 2014, the winning entries will be exhibited and there will be a prize-awarding ceremony.
6.Inquiries related to the competition will be responded through e-mail




1.Individual participants and groups must agree with and follow the competition regulations announced.
2.Any words or pictures relating to the name or department of participants are not allowed in the digital drawings. Anyone who does not conform to the regulations is disqualified from the competition.
3.Participants hold the copyright of the entry, but competition organizers, the UIA and investment units are entitled to use images of the entries to publicize the results of the competition, or in any publications.
4.Works that have entered other competitions, adopted design ideas of others or been published in other public occasions are disqualified for the competition.


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